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Re: NEWS: Tibetan texts

From:Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>
Date:Thursday, September 26, 2002, 19:45
For those not in the know, my very own Indiana
University is one of the few places in the States
where you can study Tibetan.  (The Dalai Lama has
several ties to Bloomington: his brother is a
professor emeritus here and was the brainchild of the
Tibetan program, and his niece and nephew are
restaurateurs here, putting some of their earnings
towards a small Tibetan monastery south of town.)


--- Pablo David Flores <pablo-flores@...>
> In case you're interested, this is from the > "NewsScan Daily" newsletter, 25/Sep/2002. > > > TIBETAN LITERATURE GETS SECOND LIFE VIA DIGITAL > PRESERVATION > Thousands of historical Tibetan texts are being > digitally scanned and > recorded in an effort to save a wealth of literature > that is threatened by > age-related deterioration. The Tibetan Buddhist > Resource Center, which is > coordinating the project, has 12,000 volumes of > Tibetan writings covering > Buddhist philosophy, mathematics, alchemy and > ancient exotica, among other > topics. Many of the books came from refugees who > carried them over the > Himalayas when they fled from the Chinese invasion > of Tibet in the 1950s. > As there were no printing presses in Tibet, the > books were either > handwritten or printed from wooden blocks. The > Center has enlisted the help of other organizations, > including the Himalayan Art > Project, the University of Virginia and the Tibetan > Knowledge Consortium. Center founder E. Gene > Smith estimates that when the project is complete, > there will be 8.4 > million individual digital images of the texts. > "What we are doing is > creating a database," says Smith. "We will provide > it initially on CD-ROM > and we hope that we can eventually have a Web site > so that the images are > available anywhere in the world." (BBC News 24 Sep > 2002) > > > > --Pablo Flores > > "The future is all around us, waiting, in moments > of transition, to be born in moments of > revelation. > No one knows the shape of that future or where it > will take us. We know only that it is always born > in pain." -- G'Kar quoting G'Quon, in "Babylon
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